* More than 200,000 service members transition out of the military each year, becoming veterans. 6,500 veterans settle in Orange County on an annual basis, joining the 130,000 former service members currently residing here.
* Over two-thirds of recently discharged veterans say they do not know where to go or who to contact to get help.
* Nearly 8 in 10 veterans leave the military without a job lined-up.
* More than three quarters of those entering the civilian world without a job do not receive assistance in finding one.
* More than 40% of service members leave the military without having identified permanent housing. More than one third of all homeless Americans are veterans. 12% percent of Orange County veterans are homeless, a total of 15,600. Homeless veterans are five times more likely to commit suicide than veterans who have permanent housing.
Change practices by changing law
Strengthen legal rights of those who servce
Help rebuild the lives of our protectors
As a matter of policy, military members should remain as integrated as possible with the communities they defend. Integration will reduce isolation and strengthen the social connections and support networks that are essential for good mental health. By ending the devastating sense of isolation most veterans feel upon discharge, we will significantly reduce military-related suicides, homelessness, substance abuse, and unemployment.